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Beth

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  • The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Timothy Keller
    • Narrated By Lloyd James, Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Few subjects are as compelling-or as endlessly variable-as love and marriage. The Bible is filled with references to husbands and wives, from the story of Adam and Eve to advice in the New Testament, each open to interpretation. In The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy Keller, pastor of New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church and bestselling author of The Reason for God, uses the scriptures as his guide to show readers what God's call to marriage is, and why this is such a powerful call.

    Adam Shields says: "Now my most recommended book on marriage"
    "Good but not for everyone"
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    What did you love best about The Meaning of Marriage?

    Outlines a Christian plan for marriage, what it means, how to go about it, and what value it can provide.


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    I definitely learned things from this book and am glad I listened. As background, I am a late twenties professional living in a large city and have recently married. I grew up Presbyterian so I thought a book by a Presbyterian pastor who has a large church filled with younger people in NYC would be great for me. While the author is Presbyterian he is more conservative than most. I consider myself fairly open-minded and progressive and the author definitely said things I found a bit offensive.

    His view of marriage and the bible is quite literal (not saying this is a bad thing), and he often can't go a sentence without quoting the bible. Maybe it would be different if I were reading instead of listening but I sometimes found it difficult to follow his logic since he often only says a few words before another bible quote. I also found it interesting that he quotes the bible like mad but then in one chapter when he basically summarized the entire "Five Love Languages" book by Gary Chapman he never even mentioned who the author was or that such a book existed. I have read this book as well but had I not I might have thought Rev. Keller made up the idea himself.

    I realize this review sounds quite negative, but I still gave the book 4/5 stars. I think it is a worthwhile listen and if you are a more conservative Christian you will probably find it resonates very well with you. I probably won't share this book with my husband since he is not very religious.

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